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Posts published in “Day: October 19, 2017

CIP Meeting hears Flood Damage reports

At their monthly meeting last Thursday, Oct. 5, the CIP community-industry partnership heard from three organizations that were deeply involved in flood rescue and relief during the week of flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Speaking to the group, at the Baggett Center in Galena Park, were Garrett Berg of the Port of Houston Authority, Drew Scroggins of the City of Galena Park, and Lt. Mark Longrigg of the Jacinto City Police Department.

Berg said that the major impact the Hurricane had on the Port was the deposit of large amounts of silt in Buffalo Bayou, effectively making the waterway more shallow. In some places, he said, there was 8’-10’ of new silt, mud, and other debris.

To maintain the viability of the ship channel for deep draft ships, it is imperative that this material be removed.

Berg said that the Post is currently working with the Corps of Engineers, to dredge the material and place it on one of their landfills.

He said that for every 1’ of depth that is lost, the Houston economy loses $281 million annually.

Drew Scroggins reported on the impact that the Hurricane had on Galena Park. He said that 110 homes and 32 apartments were flooded, and that damage estimates are around $7 million.

The Woodland Acres Fire Station is currently out of service, waiting repairs. The Galena Park Fire Department made 160 deep water rescues, and he thanked Galena Park ISD and Jacinto City for loaning resources such as boats and deep water vehicles to help in the evacuations. Harris County also loaned Galena Park two boats for the rescues.

In the refineries, Scroggins said that two petroleum tanks at Magellan floated and leaked, and one tak at Enterprise leaked giving the neighborhood a bad smell. However, there was no environmental threat in either incident.

The Galena Park Police Department set up a shelter at Shafalai on Holland Avenue, which served 33 families.

Lt. Mark Longrigg of the Jacinto City police department reported that a number of businesses along the I-10 feeder, near Hunting Bayou had to close, including Chili’s and the movie theater. Jacinto City recorded 35” of rain during the Hurricane.

Officer awarded for child predator arrest

Keep Jacinto City Clean Committee (KJCCC) Secretary Linda Jamail, Police Chief Joe Ayala, Detective B. J. Silva (center), KJCCC President Teresa Arzapala, Vice President Irasema Salinas and former Police Chief Allan Jamail.

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. – Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the regular council meeting, Jacinto City Detective B. J. Silva received two awards. Former Police Chief Allan Jamail presented a courageous performance award for her single-handed arrest on July 23, 2017 of child predator ex-convict Juan Carlos Apodaca. Keep Jacinto City Clean Committee presented a 28 year service award.

Silva’s arrest of Apocada stemmed from him showing hard core pornography from his cell phone to a 9 year old girl who was shopping with her mother at the Seller’s grocery store in Jacinto City.

Sheldon ISD receives flood relief support

Adam Lund, president of the North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce, presents a check for $8000 to the Sheldon ISD for flood recovery. The Sheldon District suffered severe damage to a number of buildings, including C. E. King High School, which has not been able to reopen. The donation was made on behalf of the North Channel Chamber Foundation. Others in the photo are teachers and staff of Sheldon ISD, being recognized for their service.

Former NFL player, current TV personality, and native Houstonian Michael Strahan demonstrates the warped gym floor at CE King after the flood ravaged the school.